A documentary chronicling Hayao Miyazaki‘s third return from retirement is in the works Titled Never Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, the film follows Miyazaki’s retirement in 2013 up through his return and initial work on Kemushi no Boro in 2015.
The documentary was filmed for two years, and begins with Miyazaki as a self-described “weak, used up old man” and his surprise embracement of CGI animation. Miyazaki has been critical of CGI and has opted to use hand-drawn cel animation for a majority of his films. In a TV special, Miyazaki admitted to have never used a tablet to draw animation prior to Kemushi no Boro.
Despite Miyazaki’s critical stance on CGI, Princess Mononoke was his first movie to feature CGI animation and digital paint, with the latter becoming standard at Ghibli. This documentary looks to explore Miyazaki’s changed view on the technology.
An intimate and dramatic look at Miyazaki’s “life’s purpose” will also be explored. At one point, he asks what he should do with the time he has left with life, as well as worries that his filmmaking legacy lie with the reception of Kemushi no Boro.
Never Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki will run on Japanese TV on June 3 and 4, and will offer an inside look on the director’s motivation for coming out of retirement.